At the last Bright Lights meeting, we had a spontaneous time of sharing. It was wonderful. Some really cool thoughts and stories were shared and I am starting to think that I can learn more from them than they can learn from me.
One of the thoughts was from my friend Brianne. She talked about how God is teaching her that often the most beautiful things are found in the most dangerous, scary places. She told a story of how she was hiking with her mom, and they decided to chose the scarier looking path (complete with spiders) instead of the well traveled one… and how that led to some beautiful oak trees that made it all worth it.
I’ve been thinking about it a lot since… and it’s so true and so deep. Especially with love.
Love is terrifying. Might as well just say it. It’s hard. It hurts. It’s pretty much… impossible.
That is, without God.
We’ve been talking about God’s love over the past three meetings and… I think it’s finally starting to sink in. For me. I spent hours thinking and praying about it and I finally got to the point where I wept.
He asks that I humble myself–that I stand before Him with no excuses, nothing to hide behind–and admit my sin. To Him. Holy, Holy, Holy. Who cannot bear to look on sin.
That is a horrifying thing to do.
But when I did it, I found, once again, the most beautiful truth of all: He loves me anyway and has made a way; has paid my fine.
His love and my sin stood in such terrible contrast… I saw how unworthy I am and yet I KNEW, deeper than ever, that He loves me. Oh, what a life-changing truth.
And… my heart is being softened, again. I am remembering that I am Loved and because of that I am free to love others.
It hurts. It scares me.
But I am learning, like Brianne, that this path is worth it; that ultimately it leads to the greatest joy and beauty.